Research is constantly changing. Eggs are good, then bad, then good again.
I’m still waiting for the research to prove these eggs are good.
Awhile back I wrote this post about eating every 2-3 hours. It made sense… when you don’t eat:
1. You get SUPER hungry and pig out the next meal OR
2. Your body goes into “starvation” mode and stops burning calories.
I like eating every 2-3 hours and my body seems to respond well to it.
BUT, I have been coaching some clients that don’t want to eat breakfast, or snack all the time. So I started digging a little further…
Here are my new thoughts to these theories:
1. The thermic effect of food does cause more calories to burn. So, you may consume a 200-calorie snack and burn 20 of those calories digesting them; hence the thinking that your metabolism will keep burning all day long if you don’t continuously feed it. However, at the end of the day, no matter how many times you ate, what matters is the total quantity of food.
2. Your body does respond to long periods of very low calorie intake by slowing your metabolism to conserve energy – but that long period is far from the 2-3 hour range… try more like 3 days. SOURCE
If snacking is working for you, great. However, realize that you are training your body to be hungry at specific points throughout the day. For example, I always drink a vega shake at 9AM, either right after or before teaching. Even if I eat breakfast at 8AM, I am starving for that shake at 9. But, if I go a few days without it, I’m no longer starving.
*Everyone is different, so find what works for you. Just take that “eat 5-6 small meals a day” suggestion with a grain of salt.
If you are a snacker, I would highly recommend finding whole food snacks with fat. Yes, FAT. Think nuts, an avocado, WHOLE FAT yogurt or cheese, a shake with coconut or MCT oil. More on all this fat on a later post.
My favorite on the go snack?
Why do I have these new thoughts? My new BFF Ben Greenfield.
In listening to every single one of his podcasts in the past week, I have learned much about teaching your body to become a fat-burning machine. I love it because it’s not traditional. Does that mean it’s just some new-age fad? You decide. I’m deciding it’s not due to the fact that what I’ve been told traditionally all my life about health and nutrition is proving wrong time and time again. Like…
Milk actually doesn’t do a body that much good
Ok.. maybe his…
Those hearty whole-grains aren’t really so healthy.
What are your thoughts on snacking?
Does it work for you?